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A Diamond Expert Answers All Your Jewelry Questions

A Diamond Expert Answers All Your Jewelry Questions

A Diamond Expert Answers All Your Jewelry Questions

It takes years to become an expert in anything — including diamonds! MiaDonna’s Sales Director Justine has helped thousands of people pick out their favorite jewelry, whether it’s couples shopping for an engagement ring, men shopping for holiday gifts, or women treating themselves to something sparkly.

We sat down with Justine to find out some of the most common questions she’s asked about lab diamonds, fine jewelry, and her tips for selecting the perfect engagement ring.

Interview with MiaDonna Sales Manager

I have no idea want kind of ring my partner wants. How do I get something she’ll like?

If you’re not sure what engagement ring style she wants, I always suggest you focus all your time and effort on finding the perfect diamond and set it in a simple solitaire engagement ring setting. Our best sellers are the Dior Solitaire Stackable Ring and our classic Traditional Solitaire Engagement Ring. After you propose, we can all work together to find the perfect setting to reset your diamond. Even better, we will give you a credit for the setting cost to use toward the new setting.

My partner leads a very active lifestyle. Any recommendations about what I should get?

I recommend getting a bezel set lab-grown diamond, like the Lilac Stackable Engagement Ring. Bezels have metal completely around the center stone, to give it maximum protection. Stay away from accented diamonds on the band or a halo, where the smaller stones are more susceptible to getting damaged.

How often should I have my ring professionally inspected?

Bring in your ring every 6-12 months to have your prongs checked and to make sure your center stone isn’t loose. We’ll also check to make sure your side stones are secure and we’ll give the ring a deep cleaning free of charge. But if you suspect something is loose, bring it in right away.

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What engagement ring trends are you seeing right now?

I love that people are really making their engagement ring a statement of their own personal style! I am seeing a lot of people choose a simple, classic solitaire for their engagement ring, and then adding flare with a more elaborate fashionable band in a mix of metal colors - sometimes even two bands! Our new Stackable Engagement Ring Collection is perfect for achieving this look. Halos are always popular because they give you that wow factor by making the center stone look larger and brighter.

The engagement ring I’m looking at doesn’t have a matching band. What should I do?

Most people want their wedding band to match their engagement ring, and we have many exquisite wedding ring sets specially designed to match perfectly. If your ring doesn’t come with a specific band, we still have options that will match. If you don’t find one you love, we can always create a custom-designed band for you.

How can I make my engagement ring really unique?

If you want something really one-of-a-kind, look for a center stone with a fancy shape or color. Our lab-grown diamonds come in a variety of colors, from pink to blue to yellow, and we carry some of the most extraordinary, hard-to-find diamond shapes like triangle and even hexagon. Many of our rings can be set with a variety of shapes, even if you do not see that choice on our website, or we can design a customized ring just for you.

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What if my partner doesn’t like the ring I choose?

No problem! Our jewelry comes with 30-day free returns (not applicable to engraved or custom orders). If your partner doesn’t like the ring, we can help them choose another setting or give you a full refund. Remember, if you are unsure, start with the perfect diamond and we can work on the setting later.

How do I care for a diamond ring?

Fine jewelry requires some love to keep it looking its best. To protect the setting, make sure you don’t wear the ring to bed, in the shower, when you exercise, or when working around the house. To keep it bright and shiny, once a week soak your jewelry in the provided cleaner overnight then rinse it in hot water. I personally take off my rings when I get home so I can make sure I don’t accidentally scratch the band or wear down the prongs.

My partner constantly changes her style so I’m afraid she is going to get tired of the ring I choose. What should I do?

It’s so easy today to change up the look of a ring with different bands. Many bands are designed to be worn stacked or interchangeably. I would get a traditional solitaire setting with a stunning diamond, then add bands to mix it up. But it’s also normal for your personal style to change over the years. We are a full-service jeweler and can work with you to reset your center stone into a different ring style in the future, if you wish.

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I’m hesitant to buy a diamond now because I know I’ll be making more money in the future. Should I wait?

Our lab-grown diamond upgrade program is perfect for you. Purchase the stone you can afford now, and you can trade in your MiaDonna lab-grown diamond later when your budget allows. If you double the cost of the original center stone, we will buy it back at the full retail price you paid.

Help! I don’t know what ring size to get. Any suggestions?

No problem. You can download our printable ring sizing chart, or order a plastic ring sizer from us for just $5. If you want to keep it a surprise, we suggest taking one of her current rings to a jeweler and they will be able to tell you its size.

Pro-Tip: See our best recommendations for keeping your proposal a secret.

I just found out I’m supposed to give my bride-to-be a special gift on our wedding day. Can you help?

You can’t go wrong with anything from our lab-grown diamond jewelry line. It’s the most affordable and beautiful fine jewelry I have ever seen. I suggest a lab-grown diamond eternity band, tennis bracelet, or stud earrings - they’re all timeless classics. If you’re in a rush, we also have ready to ship jewelry. If you order yours before 11:00am PST, Monday–Friday, you’ll get free 2-day shipping.

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How can I get one-on-one help choosing my engagement ring?

If you’re in the Portland area, please visit MiaDonna’s store! We’d love to see you and are glad to offer $100 off your engagement ring purchase when you make a personal shopping appointment. That incredible offer also stands for anyone, anywhere, who books a virtual shopping appointment — we’ll meet you on a video call and answer any questions you have. We’re non-commissioned, we’re experts, and we’re here to help.


MiaDonna Team

MiaDonna is the world’s first retailer exclusively selling Lab-Grown Diamonds and Gemstones, created in 2005 by a mother determined to free families from a lifetime of poverty and mining. We specialize in designer-style fine jewelry that is beautiful, sustainable, and affordable. We are B-Corp certified, environmentally responsible, and donate 10% of profits to support communities negatively impacted by diamond and gold mining. MiaDonna is headquartered in Portland, Oregon and ships to all 50 states plus more than 30 countries internationally.

Justine Elliott , Sales Director

Justine Elliott is the Sales Director at MiaDonna. Justine brings more than 30 years of experience in fine jewelry retail to MiaDonna, and was drawn to MiaDonna because of our modern approach do doing jewelry. Justin has assisted our CEO in developing the lab grown diamond industry in every way, from prizing and technology to marketing and style. She enjoys helping clients find their dream engagement ring and loves sourcing unique stones for our custom design pieces. 


Justine is an expert in Lab Grown Diamonds & Gems, Diamond Quality, Engagement Rings, Fine Jewlery, Retail & Fashion.